Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Texas Forms Self-Driving Car Task Force

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The Texas Department of Transportation is moving forward with the formation of a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force, made up of membership from state and local governments, academia, TxDOT staff and the autonomous vehicle industry.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 31, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Georgia Ports Shrug Off Trade Worries, Post Record Year

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Georgia’s seaports shook off fears of global trade tensions and the early days of the partial government shutdown to post another record year of freight traffic in calendar year 2018, a sign the economy remains sound despite recent turmoil.

J. Scott Trubey | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 30, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Houston Trucking, Shipping Companies Decry Proposal to Limit Biggest Vessels

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Representatives for container shipping companies and trucking companies pushed back against a proposal to restrict the number of 1,100-foot-plus container vessels that call on Houston, saying this would hurt the entire shipping and logistics supply chain.

Andrea Leinfelder | Houston Chronicle
January 30, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Growth of Electric Vehicles Could Jeopardize Iowa’s Road Fund

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In about 20 years, the growing use of electric vehicles could take a quarter-billion-dollar-a-year hit on a state fund relied upon to finance better roads, the Iowa Department of Transportation said Jan. 29.

James Q. Lynch | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
January 30, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Forever Stamp Price Increase to 55 Cents Takes Effect

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The cost of a Forever stamp jumped 10% this weekend — from 50 cents to 55 cents — as the U.S. Postal Service continues to struggle financially.

Catie O'Toole | Syracuse Media Group
January 28, 2019
Business, Safety, TCA

Walmart Says It Needs 900 More Truckers This Year, Hikes Pay

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Walmart is raising trucker salaries in its push to hire 900 more drivers this year across the United States, including Texas, where it has a big concentration of large distribution centers where empty trucks get filled.

Maria Halkias | The Dallas Morning News
January 23, 2019
Government, Business, TCA

XPO Accepts Violation in Fatal Accident Involving Granite Slabs

XPO Logistics has agreed to accept a serious violation and pay a fine of more than $10,000 in connection with a June 25 accident that claimed the lives of two workers.

Tim Fenster | Lockport (N.Y.) Union-Sun & Journal
January 23, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Arrival Helps Chicago Rockford International Airport Break Cargo Record

Amazon Airplane Chicago Rockford International Airport

ROCKFORD, Ill. — More than 2.1 billion pounds of cargo made its way through Chicago Rockford International Airport in 2018 — shattering the previous record, set in 2017, by 55%.

Isaac Guerrero | Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
January 22, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, TCA

US Factories Brace for Sting of 2019 Trade War

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America’s manufacturers are scrambling to change the way they do business — from finding new suppliers to shifting more finishing work overseas — as the sting of tariffs begins to take a bigger toll on their bottom lines.

Dee DePass | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
January 15, 2019
Business, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Crowley Launches Second LNG Cargo Vessel

Crowley tugboat A Crowley Maritime Corp. tugboat (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

Taino’s arrival gives Jacksonville a fourth cargo ship powered by natural gas for Puerto Rico shipments, putting the port at the vanguard in using a fuel source that only recently became tried and tested in cargo ships. Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime owns two of the ships.

David Bauerlein | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
January 9, 2019